Odor prompts evacuation of Mesa High - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Odor prompts evacuation of Mesa High

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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 4:30 pm

A Mesa Fire Department Haz-Mat Crew responded to an odor at Mesa High School, believed to be a release of pepper spray that resulted in the evacuation of the school on Thursday.

Crews responded about 2:45 p.m. to the campus’ main building at 1630 E. Southern Avenue near the end of the school day.

The odor stemmed from what appeared to be a release of pepper spray in one of the hallways on the first floor of the school, according to Forrest Smith, a Mesa fire spokesman.

A number of students who were affected by the smell were checked, but no longer complaining, according to Smith.

The Mesa Haz-Mat team is working to verify what was released and school officials worked to get the students transported home after a brief delay.

No students were taken to the hospital as a result, according to Smith.

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